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December 2, 2013 1:30 AM IST
San Mamés Barria — Bilbao
Referee:‬ Juan Martínez‎
Attendance:‬ 35950‎
 
70′ Muniain
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona

Goal took in the action in the Basque Country, where the home side's unbeaten start in their new stadium endured after a famous scalp against Barca

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Iraizoz
    24
    1
    3.00

    Iraizoz

    Not often tested seriously and handled the routine tasks well.

  • Aymeric Laporte
    23
    1
    3.00

    Aymeric Laporte

    Like Gurpegui, his defensive partner, Laporte took care of whatever came his way, and never looked under too much stress by the opposition attack.

  • Andoni Iraola
    23
    1
    3.00

    Andoni Iraola

    Did everything right defensively and often drifted infield to help snuff out the danger from the opposition effectively.

  • Balenziaga
    24
    1
    3.50

    Balenziaga

    Defended his flank excellently, preventing the likes of Sanchez from finding any space to run in behind, or space in front to pick out a cross.

  • Iturraspe
    24
    2
    3.00

    Iturraspe

    Lucky not to be sent off after bringing down Neymar on the run to deny the forward a clear goalscoring opportunity. Solid otherwise.

  • Susaeta
    25
    1
    3.50

    Susaeta

    A constant menace out on the flanks, as he got past his man numerous times and delivered a handful of delicious crosses into the area, the most important of which set up Muniain's goal. Put in a solid defensive shift to boot, helping out his full-back.

  • Mikel Rico
    23
    0
    2.50

    Mikel Rico

    A little reckless in the middle of the park and he was caught out of position more than once.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    21
    0
    3.00

    Carlos Gurpegui

    Dealt with everything that came his way at the back, and took a no-nonsense approach to defending that served his side well.

  • Ander Herrera
    47
    1
    3.50

    Ander Herrera Top of the Match

    Superb hustle and desire all game long and he helped to force the second half opener by robbing Iniesta of the ball deep in the Barcelona half.

  • Toquero
    24
    1
    3.50

    Toquero

    Made himself available as a target in the box, and endeavoured to attack whatever came his way. Key in unsettling the centre-backs, as he never stopped pressing.

  • Muniain
    38
    1
    3.50

    Muniain

    Always a threat with his pace and dribbling, but once again, his shooting left a lot to be desired. However, he found his range at just the right moment, sweeping home a Susaeta cross to open the scoring.

Substitutions

  • Albizua
    15
    0

    Albizua

    Helped to solidify the backline in his short spell.

  • Ibai Gómez
    15
    1

    Ibai Gómez

    Ran at pace with the ball more than once, putting more pressure on the visitors with his fresh legs.

  • José Pinto Colorado
    13
    43
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Saved what was expected of him and could do little for the goal.

  • Montoya
    6
    50
    3.00

    Montoya

    Could not get much going outside of the routine in attack and, though he defended decently, he was occasionally troubled by Susaeta.

  • Piqué
    7
    75
    2.00

    Piqué Flop of the Match

    Beaten to the punch by Toquera a few times and fell apart in the second half, looking rattled against the pressure of the opposition.

  • Adriano
    4
    55
    2.50

    Adriano

    Got forward in his usual manner, playing as an auxiliary winger at times, but this endeavour left a few gaps at the back which Susaeta exploited.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    7
    58
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Involved in a pair of handsome passing sequences at the top of the box, but his good moments were few and far between, as he struggled to make inroads around the back four.

  • Xavi
    8
    56
    2.50

    Xavi

    His passing was not always as accurate as one might expect and, though he still played in the likes of Montoya for shooting opportunities, his defensive side of the game was found lacking, as he lost a few 50-50's.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    12
    52
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Weaved in and out of traffic impressively at times, but it was more flash than substance. Found wanting for the Athletic goal, as he was robbed deep in his own half by Herrera.

  • Javier Mascherano
    14
    52
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Did not have much to occupy his time defensively, but covered the ground in the defensive third well, though he was booked for going in too hard on Muniain.

  • Busquets
    10
    53
    3.00

    Busquets

    His positioning was strong, and he was able to get back well and cut out a number of Bilbao advances into his half. Recycled possession efficiently as well.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    12
    52
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Despite plenty of moves off the ball, he was increasingly isolated from the game as he was starved of service.

  • Neymar
    22
    79
    3.00

    Neymar

    Threatened with his pace, but his play on the ball was lacking. Despite this, he was fouled when en route to goal by Iturraspe, which denied him a clear opportunity for an opener.

Substitutions

  • Sergi Roberto
    7
    35

    Sergi Roberto

    Added little to his side's cause.

  • Pedro
    6
    37

    Pedro

    Came on in the 85th minute, and should have been on at least a half hour earlier as Barca were struggling up front.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0